The Civil War Was A Positive Impact On The United States Views Liberty And Equality

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The Civil War had a positive impact on the way the United States views Liberty and Equality. There were many major events during the Civil War that had a major impact on the amount of rights given to African Americans after the War. African American slaves had little to no rights during the war, and one document called The Emancipation Proclamation followed by the thirteenth Amendment changed the way African Americans are treated today. The Civil War was between the North, a manufacturing industry, and the South, which was a major farming and slavery business. The big dispute was mainly over “states’ rights versus federal authority, westward expansion and slavery.” The North had this huge opposition towards the idea of slavery and its expansion toward the North West. The southerners were also scared that the Northerners were going to destroy slavery and therefore destroy their backbone of the economy. Later in 1861 when Lincoln took office, that is when the war started to unfold (“American Civil War History”). “While the Revolution of 1776-1783 created the United States, the Civil War of 1861-1865 determined what kind of nation it would be.” (McPherson). So in other words the Revolution had already decided that the United States was one nation independent from France. The Civil War then had to decide if the United States would be slave nation or a non-salve nation. African American slaves had little to no equality before the Civil War. They were used to help the economy…

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